A second round match-up is scheduled to take place on Court Central in Monte Carlo, as French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber for a seventh time on the professional tour. Tsonga holds an undefeated 6-0 record against his German adversary and will be looking to maintain that unblemished record tomorrow afternoon. This is their first meeting in over two years.
World No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga received a bye into the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters, after the top-ranked Frenchman Richard Gasquet withdrew from the event with a back injury. now the ninth seed at the event, Tsonga avoided an opening round match-up against Ernest Gulbis and instead will face Germany’s Kohlschreiber for a spot in the third round of the tournament. Tsonga is coming off a shocking Davis Cup loss to Peter Gojowczyk at home in France.
Kohlschreiber began his campaign in Monte Carlo with a much needed win on Monday, where he defeated wild card Simone Bolelli 6-3, 6-4 to set up the second round clash. While it was a predictable outcome, it was an important result for the 25th-ranked German, who went winless throughout the month of March, losing his opening round matches at both Indian Wells and Miami. He will be looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time since February, when he meets Tsonga on Tuesday.
Kohlschreiber has never earned a ATP World Tour victory over the world No. 11. They have clashed on six previous occasions, yet he has come up short in each of them. His only victory took place in a round robin match in Dusseldorf back in 2009, which does not count towards the official h2h. Tsonga holds two straight set victories over the German on clay, and it appears he will be poised to add a third to his resume tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Three Sets